Player Services: Equitable Stroke Control

Equitable stroke control (ESC) is a downward adjustment of an individual hole score based on handicap to ensure that one bad hole does not have a disproportionate effect on a golfers handicap.

This procedure is used for handicap score posting only and is not to be used in any type of competition. The following table shows the adjustment to be made for golfers of different abilities.

18-Hole Course Handicap Maximum Score to be Posted
9 or less Double Bogey
10-19 7
20-29 8
30-39 9
40 and up 10

9-Hole Course Handicap Maximum Score to be Posted
4 or less Double Bogey
5-9 7
10-14 8
15-19 9
20 and up 10